Ozeki Takakeisho suffered an upset against rank-and-file opponent Daieisho to open the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament with back-to-back losses.Fellow ozeki Asanoyama (1-1) bounced back from an opening-day defeat, while the other ozeki, Shodai, worked hard to stay perfect.

Takakeisho delivered a hard opening hit, but No. 1 maegashira Daieisho (2-0) held his ground and responded with a thrusting attack before slapping the November tournament winner to the clay.

The 24-year-old ozeki's underwhelming start to the 15-day tournament may have jeopardized his bid for promotion to sumo's highest rank of yokozuna. Former sekiwake Daieisho, meanwhile, continued to make a strong case for promotion back to the three elite "sanyaku" ranks below yokozuna following his opening-day victory over Asanoyama.

Establishing a strong grip at the jump, Asanoyama neutralized Hokutofuji's (0-2) thrusting attack by keeping the No. 1 maegashira close before sending him tumbling with an arm throw.

In the day's final bout, Shodai improved to 2-0 after withstanding a protracted battle against komusubi Takayasu.Shodai had the momentum from the jump, but former ozeki Takayasu (0-2) rallied back before eventually succumbing to a front crush out.

Sekiwake Terunofuji (1-1) took his first loss after being bundled out by an aggressive No. 3 Onosho (2-0). Onosho hit hard and low from the jump, leaving Terunofuji little chance to take a firm grip and prevent the former komusubi from driving him over the edge.

Sekiwake Takanosho improved to 2-0 with a routine push-out victory over up-and-coming No. 3 Kotoshoho. The ozeki aspirant stayed on the front foot as he quickly dislodged the backpedaling Kotoshoho (0-2).

Having sensationally beaten Takakeisho on Day 1, komusubi Mitakeumi (1-1) followed up with a lackluster loss by push-out to No. 2 Takarafuji. Takarafuji (1-1) blocked Mitakeumi's initial attack before moving him off balance and quickly bundling him out.

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